How to Throw a Fourth of July Block Party

Wanna throw the most explosive party of the year? Throwing a successful Fourth of July Block Party takes some planning and preparation, and the more time you plan for it, the higher the success rate. A successful party will ensure that you'll get to throw another one next year.

Legalities and Recruitment
1. Find out Which Fireworks are Legal in your State. Learn about the different features of each type of fireworks and read up on the safety information for each one. Learn about safe distances and timing.

Sketch out a plan to where the fireworks will be safely displayed without hazards to property or to nearby bushes and trees. Map out where the viewers will sit at a safe distance. Your plan should also have a clear emergency response plan for kids, adults and even for yourself.

2. If you're planning to block off a street, contact your local Police Department Traffic Division to notify them at least a month to a few months in advance.

*Get all the legalities taken care of before you talk to the neighbors so you can answer questions or concerns

3. Tell your neighbors you're planning one. Your neighbors will appreciate the heads up and might not call the cops for making all that racket. It gives them time to water their lawns, move all vehicles and make themselves available to attend.  Some of them might want to help you plan for it so you won't have to pay for the whole thing yourself.

Create a safety briefing speech you'll give to your audience before you light up and ignite the show. A very important thing to say during the briefing is to keep the kids at a distance during the entire display. A thank you speech before the briefing, crediting contributors' hard work is recommended as well.

Food and Decor
4. Get ready to have enough food to feed everyone and have extra for take-home food! If the neighbors have signature dishes, let them showcase their talents!
Some great basic Summer Fun Staples are:
Hot Dogs
Grilled Chicken
Chili Beans
Corn on the Cob
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Drinks for all tastes (sodas, fruit drinks, water bottles, homemade iced tea, lemonade)
Fresh Watermelon
Rice Krispie Treats
Cake or Pie
Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, BBQ Sauce)

5. Plan for some decorations. Red, White and Blue are the perfect colors to use ! Take a head count and plan seating for extra seats just in case. Plan to have Trash Cans close by for easy clean up

6. Music - Mix up your playlist with classic rock, patriotic, current hits and even some oldies!

7. Games - Some great outdoor games are:
Tug of War
Water Balloon Toss or Colorful water Squirt gun fights

Wanna see how the professionals prepare for a Fireworks Display? See this story:
Creating a Professional Fireworks Show

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